Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors: Thirteenth Report to Congress. Table TANF 6. Trends in AFDC/TANF Average Monthly Payments: 1962 – 2011

03/01/2014

Fiscal Year Monthly Benefit per Recipient Average Number of Persons per Family Monthly Benefit
per Family
(not reduced by Child Support)
Weighted Average 1
Maximum Benefit
(per 3-person Family)
Current
Dollars
2011
Dollars
Current
Dollars
2011
Dollars
Current
Dollars
2011
Dollars
1962 $31 $202 3.9 $121 $785 NA NA
1964 32 201 4.1 131 830 NA NA
1966 35 213 4.2 146 888 NA NA
1967 36 215 4.1 150 889 NA NA
1968 40 226 4.1 162 926 NA NA
1969 43 238 4.0 173 951 $186 2 $1,026
1970 46 241 3.9 178 935 194 2 1,019
1971 48 240 3.8 180 905 201 2 1,009
1972 51 249 3.6 187 908 205 2 996
1973 53 246 3.5 187 187 213 2 991
1974 57 243 3.4 194 831 229 2 981
1975 63 247 3.3 209 816 243 950
1976 71 259 3.2 226 825 257 939
1977 78 265 3.1 241 821 271 923
1978 83 265 3.0 250 799 284 909
1979 87 256 3.0 257 755 301 884
1980 94 249 2.9 274 724 320 847
1981 96 231 2.9 277 665 326 783
1982 103 231 2.9 300 675 331 744
1983 106 229 2.9 311 668 336 723
1984 110 228 2.9 322 664 352 726
1985 112 224 2.9 329 656 369 736
1986 115 225 2.9 339 660 383 746
1987 123 233 2.9 359 682 393 747
1988 127 233 2.9 370 678 403 738
1989 131 231 2.9 381 669 413 724
1990 135 226 2.9 389 653 420 705
1991 135 216 2.9 388 623 424 682
1992 136 213 2.9 389 610 419 657
1993 131 201 2.8 373 570 414 633
1994 134 200 2.8 376 564 416 622
1995 134 197 2.8 377 551 418 612
1996 135 135 2.8 374 534 419 598
1997 3 130 181 2.8 362 504 418 582
1998 130 179 2.7 358 491 429 588
1999 133 179 2.7 357 481 450 606
2000 130 170 2.7 349 456 446 583
2001 134 170 2.6 351 445 448 567
2002 141 176 2.6 364 454 452 564
2003 140 170 2.5 354 431 455 554
2004 145 173 2.5 360 429 462 551
2005 151 174 2.4 370 426 468 540
2006 154 171 2.4 372 414 489 544
2007 160 173 2.4 377 409 499 542
2008 163 169 2.4 383 398 510 531
2009 164 171 2.4 389 406 507 530
2010 164 168 2.4 392 402 572 587
2011 162 162 2.4 387 387 559 559

Note: AFDC benefit amounts have not been reduced by child support collections. Constant dollar adjustments to 2011 level were made using a CPI-U-RS fiscal-year price index.

1 The maximum benefit for a 3-person family in each state is weighted by that state’s share of total AFDC/TANF families.

2 Estimated based on the weighted average benefit for a 4-person family.

3 The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 repealed the AFDC program as of July 1, 1997 and replaced it with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Beginning in 1997, average monthly benefits are calculated from case-level data rather than by dividing aggregate expenditures on cash assistance by aggregate caseloads, as in the past. This change was necessary due to uncertainty about the extent to which states may be reporting non-cash basic assistance as well as cash assistance in the expenditure data formerly used to calculate average cash benefits.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Quarterly Public Assistance Statistics, 1992 & 1993 and earlier years along with unpublished data.

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